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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user robinsonyr on September 12, 2012 in support of H.R.1968 Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011.
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H.R.1968 Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011

I am writing as your constituent in the 8th Congressional district of New Jersey. I support H.R.1968 - Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

Sincerely, Yvonne Robinson

This letter was a reply from the office of Robert Menendez on September 12, 2012.
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Sincerely, Senator Robert Menendez

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This letter was a reply from the office of Bill Pascrell Jr. on September 12, 2012.
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Thank you for contacting me through the House of Representatives Constituent Electronic Mail System (CEMS). I am pleased to be a part of this effort to offer citizens an efficient way to communicate with their representatives in Congress. I will reply to all residents of the 8th Congressional district of New Jersey via email as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Sincerely, Bill Pascrell, Jr. Member of Congress

This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on September 12, 2012.
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Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me. Your comments are important to me and I wanted to confirm with you that I have received your message.

Please feel free to contact me again should you have additional concerns or if there is any way in which I can be of assistance.

Thank you,

Sincerely, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg

This letter was a reply from the office of Robert Menendez on September 27, 2012.
Response from Senator Menendez

Dear Mr. Robinson:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for S. 402, the Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011. Your opinion is very important to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you on this issue.

You will be pleased to know that I am a proud cosponsor of the Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011. This legislation would create a Cold War Service Medal and authorize the issuance of the medal to servicemembers who served on active duty for at least 24 consecutive months during the Cold War between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991, deployed overseas for at least 30 days during that same period, or performed another Cold War service determined by the Defense Secretary. This Cold War Service Medal would serve to honor the brave military service and exemplary dedication displayed by these soldiers during the Cold War.

The time is long overdue for expressing our gratitude to service members who served during the Cold War. This medal would symbolize a token of appreciation for their extraordinary patriotism, bravery, and service to our country. They served this nation, and in return, deserve this acknowledgement of our nation's support.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance. I invite you to visit my website (http://menendez.senate.gov ) to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate.

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This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on October 05, 2012.
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Dear Mr. Robinson:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the ?Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011? (S. 402). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

I share your support for our military men and women who served in politically sensitive regions between 1945 and 1991.

The ?Cold War Service Medal Act? would allow the secretaries of each branch of the Armed Forces to issue a medal to any honorably discharged veteran who served on active duty for at least two consecutive years or was deployed for thirty days or more during the period from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991. This legislation would also express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should expedite the design of this medal and mechanisms to facilitate the issuance of them to qualified veterans.

This legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services. While I am not a member of this Committee, please be assured that I will support this legislation should it come before the full Senate for a vote. Thank you again for contacting me.

FRL:ALP

This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on November 01, 2012.
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